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Wellness: Does the Law Society Tribunal have a duty to accommodate? | Darryl Singer

Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 8:43 AM | By Darryl Singer

Those who practise in the areas of human rights law and employment law are familiar with the concept of “duty to accommodate.” At the intersection of employment legislation and the Ontario Human Rights Code, employers have long been held to have a duty to accommodate an employee with disability. Addiction and mental health issues are deemed disabilities.

While the duty to accommodate an employee does not apply to the point that it would cause undue hardship for an employer, the employer must take reasonable steps to...